Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Lenworth Hyde Sr. was fired as head coach of the Kingston College (KC) Manning Cup team yesterday, hot on the heels of the school's 7-0 mauling from neighbouring St George's College last Saturday.
A letter from the school stated in part that: "Following a comprehensive analysis of the performance of KC's team, it was decided to carry out a restructuring exercise to get the best out of the team for rest of the season.
"It is unfortunate that you will not continue as coach."
Hyde, who took control of KC's team in the summer following the resignation of Donovan 'DV' Hayles, was dismissed after the embarrassing loss to the Purples' archrivals.
When contacted, Hyde Sr told The Gleaner that he did not resign, but was called to a meeting yesterday afternoon and handed a letter and a cheque for one month's salary.
"They called me to a meeting at the school at 1 p.m., and when I went there, the Principal (Dave Myrie) handed me a letter and a cheque," Hyde Sr. told The Gleaner.
He also said that the dismissal also affected assistant coach Max Straw, who works along with him.
KC will next play Waterford at North Street today.
Neil Harrison, the school's track and field coach, will be in charge for the rest of the season.
Harrison joined KC from Munro College in St Elizabeth this school year.
When quizzed as to what next, Hyde responded with a chuckle that: "I will now kick back and watch my son (Jaheel) play for Wolmer's in the Manning Cup."
Lenworth, a former outstanding national midfielder who has coached Premier League clubs Portmore United and Harbour View to the Premier League title, is the father of World Youth 100m hurdles, World Junior 400m hurdles and Youth Olympics 110m hurdles champion Jaheel, who is also a football star.